READY PLAYER ONE: MATTHEW BUTLER (VFX SUPERVISOR) & SCOTT MEADOWS (HEAD OF VISUALIZATION) – DIGITAL DOMAIN
04.16.18In 2013, Matthew Butler told us about Digital Domain‘s work on ENDER’S GAME. He then worked on PIXELS. He talks to us today about his first collaboration with director Steven Spielberg for READY PLAYER ONE.
Few months ago, Scott Meadows, explained to us the work of pre-visualization of Digital Domain on BLACK PANTHER.
How did you get involved on this film?
We began our work on READY PLAYER ONE after being initially awarded motion capture work, with a shoutout to former Digital Domain staffer Gary Roberts. We were then awarded a piece of previs work which led to us doing previs for the entire film, handled by my colleague Scott Meadows. Finally, we were awarded all of the visual effects for the real-world shots.
Initial thoughts when working with Steven?
My first thought when it came to working with Steven Spielberg was, “Don’t mess up.” It was such an honor and privilege to work with him. Steven welcomed us and made us feel at home from the beginning. He’s very collaborative and it was great to be in the same room with him and get to solve together what he was envisioning. He was always willing to listen to any idea.